Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: “Skaters and judges aren’t friends, it’s not the case that we can go somewhere together. I don’t know if it’s forbidden but it’s certainly not encouraged.”

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Elizaveta Tuktamysheva about competitions and judges.

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Elizaveta Tuktamysheva in the interview with Elena Hanga for youtube channel Just Genetiks told about what she was afraid of at competitions and relationships between figure skaters and judges. Here’s a translation of her comment.

Eizaveta Tuktamysheva: In my early childhood, I had a problem – I was afraid of a large audience. This fear very quickly passed, and now I enjoy a large audience, it doesn’t scare me. I was scared to make a mistake because I knew how I would recriminate myself later. I understood that it was my fault and what it could cost me. I was not afraid of being reprimanded by a coach or parents but that I would be eating up myself.

This worry helps to reduce the significance of some competitions. You go out, skate calmly, thinking that it’s just a run-througth. You simplify the importance.

Q: Can nerves be trained?

Eizaveta Tuktamysheva: I think you can work on this. I don’t know to what extent. I am a very responsible person, so I get nervous. But with age, you can control it.

Q: Do you suggest taking children to a psychologist?

Eizaveta Tuktamysheva: Of course, I myself see a psychologist, and recommend it to both parents and children.’

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva also talked about the relationships between figure skaters and judges.

Q: Do you know the judges personally?

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Yes, yes, I of course know some of them. In figure skating, more or less everyone knows each other.

Q: How much do personal relationships with judges matter? Can it be that you meet them in the same restaurants during competitions and you have formed either good or unpleasant relationships? Is there a risk that they might give you a poor scores?

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Judges are impartial. Skaters and judges aren’t friends, it’s not a case where we can go somewhere together.

Q: Is that prohibited or …

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: I don’t know if it’s forbidden, but it’s certainly not encouraged. Judges can’t have a better relationship with one athlete and a worse one with another. We all know each other, but no one hangs out with anyone.’


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